Dubious information debunking service

Democracy requires a vigilant citizenry. Here is a we are following in the media today.

In their daily newsletter Foreign Policy share a report from the Wall Street Journal on a recent develop in India, which will hold elections later this year.

In the run-up to the first phase of India’s elections on April 11, WhatsApp has launched a tip line called Checkpoint, in an effort to fight disinformation. The app is collaborating with Proto, and Indian startup, to roll out the new service, which will allow users to forward messages to Checkpoint, where they are reviewed and classified into one of five categories: true, false, misleading, disputed, or out of scope.

There is no shortage of concerns about how fake news and information warfare could impact India’s political environment as the country prepares to go to the polls. Earlier in the week, Facebook said it had taken down 103 Instagram posts traced back to the public relations wing of Pakistan’s military.


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